Being given a waitlist is tormenting for overseas school applicants. Before the school gives a rejection or a full offer, students on the waitlist are often overwhelmed with anxiety, wondering what to do to get the full offer besides mere waiting.
Cassandra, the heroin of our story today, were once put on the waitlist of 6 US high schools and she finally got 3 full offers. Very high successful rate indeed. We believe her experience would be of reference value for other candidates on the waitlist.
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Admitted to: Wilbraham Monson Academy, Worcester Academy, Kimball Union Academy
Final choice: Worcester Academy
Insider tip about how to be removed from the waitlist and get a full offer?
Cassandra has a lively personality. She studies in local public schools, used to participate in several international summer camps organized by BE, including the summer course of Eton. She wanted to get into an overseas school in 2017, except that when she started her application, it was already Christmas time in 2016. So time is of the essence.
Connection originating from Vericant Interview tutoring
When Cassandra first reached out to BE, BE helped her to prepare the Vericant Interview. Under the tuition of BE, she achieved good grades. So this time, her parents decided to have BE take charge of Cassandra’s application to US schools.
The girl’s formal application began in December in that year, but she had barely done things at that time. She had never written an application essay before. As for the interview, she prepared nothing but picked out the schools. The following month came with a lot of stuffs, including filling in application packets, writing essays, interview coaching, etc.
On January 3, Cassandra, fully prepared, embarked on her school visit journey with her BE tutor.
10 applications, 6 waitlists
The results were released on March 10, and they were depressing ones. Of the 10 schools that Cassandra applied to, 4 rejected and the other 6 put her on the waitlist. It meant that had no school given a full offer, she could have failed in applying to the 2017 school year. She’s facing a desperate struggle.
Cassandra’s tutor at BE, Lara and Frances didn’t give up. They had her write emails to the 6 schools that gave her the waitlist, made calls with those schools to communicate. When the admission officer of Kimball Union Academy came to Shanghai, Frances even asked him out for lunch, during which he recommended Cassandra once again.
Luckily, the full offer came soon. Around March 17, Wilbraham Monson Academy gave the full offer. About a week later, Worcester Academy also gave the full offer; two or three days after that, the third offer letter arrived from Kimball Union Academy.
The family was moving to a happily point where they had to make a choice as to which school to go to, a nice selection headache actually. Eventually, her final choice went to Worcester Academy. She is going to enroll in the school this September.
If you’re on the waitlist, what should you do?
Write an email to all your target schools
If you’re on the waitlist, make sure you write an email to the school, telling them that you’re still interested in going into that school. In another words, if you find yourself on the waitlist of 6 schools, you need to make communications with all these 6 schools, rather than picking one or two of them to do so and waiting to be selected. Because the larger the choice, the more offers you will get.
Stay tuned on the website
If you want to attract the school’s interest, show your interest in the school first. Keep an eye on the school’s official website to get an update on their latest events and activities. Then you may write to the school to express that you’re quite interested in these events and ask for an opportunity to be a part of them. In this way, you demonstrate your favor in them.
Video is also a powerful tool
To impress the admission officer, a video that appropriately shows yourself is also a powerful tool. In the video, you may talk about your interests and hobbies, what you are doing in recent times, what progress you’ve achieved since you made the application, and what do you plan to do in the future. You may say you feel sorry for being on the waitlist, but you will relentlessly work on that.
Being on the waitlist is tormenting. But all applicants on it should always remember one thing: there is always a chance before you’re rejected. Passive waiting is of no help. What’s important is that you strike the first move, create your own strategy that navigates the list, that differentiates you from other people on the list, and that makes you the preferred candidate.